The Allatoona Lake Visitor's Center offers a brief look into the history of the lake and the local area. Among the many educational displays are subjects covering Native American history, the local mining industry, wild life, recreation, hydropower, the Battle of Allatoona Pass and much more.
A ten minute video depicting the history of Allatoona Lake and the surrounding area is also available for viewing in the auditorium. Recently, an interactive computer was added at the Visitor's Center that allows visitors to research information on recreation, shoreline management, and water safety.
Not to be outdone, the overlook just outside the Visitor's Center features a breathtaking view of Allatoona Dam and Cooper's Furnace; the only surviving structure of the Historic Etowah Iron and Manufacturing Company.
The Cooper Branch Day-Use Area is also conveniently located within a short walking distance of the Visitor's Center where families can picnic, rent a shelter, or launch a boat for a day on the lake. Before you leave, take a moment to choose between two educational hiking trails; Cooper's Furnace and Laurel Ridge. The Visitor's Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; except on holidays.